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that there are 27,000 working pr people in the pentagon spending $4.7 billion per year. forty that number? >> is a broader number. not just the papa propaganda folks. it goes from software programs that the pentagon monitors, monitoring our social media and for instance there has been recent example where the army army is using the program that monitors how many times bradley manning, the wiki leaks guys mentioned, it goes to the massive public relations apparatus that all branches of the military have. and i've often thought about public relations people on a general staff than there are in afghanistan. >> you ever ask why? >> guest: even with this message, this machine, they haven't been able to put a positive stance on this. >> host: you say that i hate this war in your book. did you hate the iraq war? >> yes. >> host: did you hate the afghanistan war? >> guest: it would be very difficult for me having been through a number of things with both of these wars to be gung ho about any conflict. i really think that someone is invading our country and that is one thing. this is a very dark p
and pentagon, it also covers agencies like the peace corps, the social security administration, department of agriculture -- agriculture, education. taken an online totorial called "treason 101" instruct them to account for employees fitting the profile of spies. the department of education have told its employees that certain experiences in life could lead to somebody becoming a spy. in addition to demanding that government workers monitor their co-workers behavior, it even encourages penalties for those who could to report those of what they see. at pentagon strategy document instructs agency superiors to hammer the fact home, leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemy of the united states. all this leads mcclatchy to warn, this could make it easier for the government to stifle vital information to the public while creating toxic work environments. for more, we are joined by jonathan landay, and the intelligence reporter for mcclatchy newspapers. headlined is "obama's crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of u.s." us,than, lay it out for what has this created? >> this was a program tha
in the joint chiefs at the pentagon, a now retired marine corps four-star general with a close working relationship with president obama is under investigation for leaking a top secret government project according to legal sources. it was called the stuxnet virus. it wormed its way into computers that helped control iran's nuclear program. it did a lot of damage, but the then officials say the leak of its existence to "the new york times" did its own damage to u.s. efforts against iran. at the time of the leak, the president vowed to find the person responsible. now comes our report tonight. his name is james cartwright, known as hos, his call sign as a fighter pilot. tonight he is a target of a criminal investigation by the justice department into a leak of intelligence. we begin tonight with our national investigative correspondent michael isikoff. >> reporter: general cartwright was a key member of president obama's inner circle of national security advisers. but legal sources tell nbc that cartwright has been notified he is the target of a justice department criminal investigation
that someone at the very highest levels at the pentagon may have been responsible for the leak. in 2012, the new york times ran a story about a computer worm called stuxnet and how it was the obama administration's key weapon in a prolonged cyber attack on iran's nuclear weapons program. it affected computers worldwide in 2010. cybersecurity experts assumed at that time some government had developed it. .he suspicion was confirmed it said the u.s. was behind it and the israelis helped. in named this man, retired general james cartwright as the father of stuxnet. president barack obama was angry my attitude has been zero- tolerance for these kinds of leaks. these are criminal acts when they release information like this. >> according to nbc, a year-long federal investigation into the leak has come to focus on cartwright, once the number two military leader at the pentagon. while cartwright has yet to be formally charged, the question is this -- why would someone who reached the highest levels of the u.s. government do this? >> there are many reasons why people leak classified information
secret anymore. it's all "happening now." ♪ ♪ jenna: a former pentagon general now the target of a major leak investigation. leaks have been the theme as of late. great to have you with us on this friday, i'm jenna lee. jon: here we go again. i'm jon scott. fox news confirms the former second highest ranking officer in our nation's military is being investigated over the leaking of the stuxnet cyber attack on iran's nuclear facilities. the probe focuses on retired marine general james hoss cartwright. "the new york times" reported last year that cartwright, a four-star general, conceived of and ran a cyber attack called olympic games in 2010. that attack temporarily disabled at least a thousand centrifuges that the iranians were using to enrich uranium. the article and a book written by the statement author included sensitive details about the operation. the leak, considered by many in washington, to be very damaging. national security correspondent jennifer griffin is live from the pentagon. jennifer, what's going on there? >> reporter: well, jon, a senior u.s. official does confirm to
a press conference right away. the pentagon is looking forward to implementing this decision. the department of defense will move very swiftly, quote, it will be a decision implemented in every way as it should be. they put it in writing. the defense department intends to make the same benefits available to every military spouse, regardless of sexual orientation, as soon as possible. quote, that is now the law and it is the right thing to do. when the supreme court was hearing this case, the pentagon could not weigh in on its own behalf in the case because the justice department plays that role for the government, but a group of high-ranking military officers including former secretaries of defense wrote the court to say that their experience as military leaders after don't ask, don't tell, their experience as military leaders in a military that has openly gay people serving in it, that experience gave them strong feelings about what the court should do. "the military and civilian leadership long have recognized the physical and emotional wellbeing of service members' familie
as stuxnet and that cartwright conceived and oversaw the special operation from the pentagon. >> we're trying to build a second cyberforce right now. >> cartwright did not respond to requests for comment from nbc news. contacted today, his lawyer, former obama white house council gregory craig said only i have no comment. "the times" story detailed key details of the stuxnet including its code name "olympic games." the cooperation of israeli intelligence and its success in disabling nearly 1,000 iranian centrifuges to enrich uranium. >> this leak was very damaging. clearly what was going on here was a method and it should have been protected. and i think it's had devastating consequences. >> reporter: the fbi originally focused on whether the stuxnet leak came from the white house. late last year, agents started zeroing in on cartwright who had retired from the pentagon in 2011. the motives of whoever leaked remained a mystery. >> there are many reasons why people leak classified information. sometimes it's to attack a program. sometimes it's to defend it. many times we just never know. >> nb
for the compo d compound. what about help from the pentagon? 10:45 p.m. >> i asked the defense attache, is anything coming? >> reporter: the short answer, no. >> i said thank you very much. and we went on with our work. >> reporter: 10:54 benghazi. attackers are drove out of the compound. by that time, sean smith is confirmed dead. but nobody can find ambassador stevens. now 5:00 p.m. in washington. defense secretary leon panetta attends his weekly meeting with the president. >> we ordered all available dod assets to respond. >> reporter: but none outside libya will. >> the quickest response option available was a security team that was located at the embassy in tripoli. >> reporter: the americans have no plane in tripoli. >> we agreed we would move forward with chartering a plane to fly a response team to benghazi to provide additional reinforcement. >> reporter: 11:10 p.m., benghazi. a u.s. drone armed with cameras begins circling with a come pound. five minutes later, a second wave of attackers arrives. >> the annex team withdrew from the facility, and the second wave of attackers t
. >> thank you so much. glad to be with you, rachel. >> the pentagon says it is eager to enforce these civil rights rulings so it can stop discriminating against some service members and their families. do you think it is unusual to have the pentagon speaking to clearly and so quickly on this matter? >> i think it is good that they spoke clearly. i do think that the efficiency that is within the pentagon will see to it that the rules are carried out as they should be carried out. i also believe that it would be a good idea if the civilian side took a hint from the pentagon in terms of the efficiency of carrying out the many rules and regulations that effect people that shouldn't negatively. i think there are over 1,000 of them within the federal government now. so it would seem to me that it would be very good for the white house to send some orders out to each of the cabinet members with daytime charts on them that say i want to report as to what it is you're doing about such and such. i want it in a few days, not a few weeks, not a few months and i want it changed because it's equitable. >
against threat. there was recently a game at the pentagon, an exercise at the pentagon to explore how the united states might secure nuclear weapons in north korea should that country's government implode, and this raises a number of questions about what would we really do, what would we really face in these situations where a country with nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction face a coup, a revolt, a civil war, disintegration of the state itself. and that was great concern. now, henry -- [inaudible] had recently a conference on this and looked at a number of cases at his mpec center and looked at cases in pakistan, having coups in pakistan since they acquired nuclear weapons. there's certainly been political upheavals in china, and most dramatically the fall of the soviet union. and all of those in a sense are good news. they're good news in the sense that armies are conservative, obedient organizations, and even when they seize power from a civilian government or the state ceases to exist in its current form such as the collapse of the soviet union, the army chain of
. defense secretary chuck hagel pledged to immediately begin determining how the pentagon will roll out federal benefits for legally married same sex couples. in a second ruling, the court found supporters of prop 8 measure which amended the state constitution to recognize marriage between only one man and one woman did not have legal standing to defend the statute after state officials refused to do so. what's left is the district court's decision which struck down prop 8. >> today is a great day. we entered this building, always see those words, equal justice under the law. and today we're closer to that equality. >> reporter: traditional marriage advocates point out same-sex marriage is still up to the state and urge their supporters to stay engaged. >> i think the message is very clear, if you do not pro-actively act to protect marriage, activists, politicians and judges will redefine it from out from under you. >> reporter: officials in california say they will soon direct county officials to begin issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples, but the 9th circuit has to lift a sta
glenn greenwald for nsa secrets. their silence against cnn's pentagon correspondent and her reporting. i'll tell you why there's a double standard, next. >>> imagine for a moment that you're running al qaeda. that means you're spending a lot of time figuring out how to murder people. it also means you have kind of a hard job. because you're trying to manage this global terror network and you don't want the united states with its vast global policing and surveillance resources to be able to catch you. so if your job is running al qaeda, you have to be really, really careful about how you communicate with your employees. we know, for example, that osama bin laden didn't even use a cell phone. he used courier, paper messages, because he knew his communications could and very likely would be monitored. of course, some of his couriers apparently did use cell phones and that is part of what helped bring about his ultimate downfall. but let's say just for argument's sake you're heading up the new post-bin laden al qaeda and you're also terrible at your job. and so you're not at all concerned ab
by the pentagon to give a lecture inside the pentagon at a luncheon about the state of is dawn in the world among the sandwiches had bacon and invited that yvonne to come then served bacon? no wonder did you empty when so swimmingly. [laughter] tel lot can go with a guy who did not come from a radical family his parents are upstanding in amazing people and still are and his dad is one of the most respected academics in yemen and came to the united states on a scholarship with usaid and officials and spend his life trying to solve the water crisis they did not raise him to be the guy you saw in the two videos to call for a jihad against united states but he was a guy who was radicalized by the u.s. or abroad and at home and eventually leaves united states windows to yemen and starts recording sermons and they become a very popular around the world then pop up with a tear investigation and they are concerned it would in sight terrorism some of the united states colludes with the regime to arrest him that he has jumped of charges and is put in prison 18 months of those 17 in solitary confinement. th
, npr, news hour with jim leher, and he was invited by the pentagon to give a lecture inside the pentagon as a luncheon about the state of islam in the world. a sense of how bad the intelligence was at the time in the pentagon, among the sandwiches served was one with bacon on it. you invite him to the pentagon and have bacon. no wonder it went to swimmingly. he was a guy who didn't come from a radical family. his parents are upstanding, amazing people, still are. his dad is one of the most respected academics in yemen. he came to the united states on a full ride scholarship, created the department of agricultural engineering with us-aid and american firms in yes , yemen g to solve the water crisis in that country. they didn't raise him to be the guy you saw in the youtube videos wearing the camouflage and calling for armed jihad against the united states. he was radicalized by the u.s. wars abroad and at home and eventually leaves the united states and spends time in britain, goes to yemen, his family's homeland, and starts recording sermons on cds, audio tapes, and they ar
was a force inside the pentagon pushing for stronger cyber capabilities. the now-retired four-star marine had a seat at the table for top national security discussions nsd was a favored presidential adviser. >> i couldn't be more grateful to him, general jim cartwright. >> reporter: now, cartwright is the target of a federal investigation into leaks of a aovert cyber attack on iran's facilities. the stuxnet computer virus, widely believed to be the work of u.s. and israel intelligence, was used to interrupt iranian centrifuges in 2010. ,etails of the covert operation were leaked and last year the "new york times" published a front page expose. pesident obama ordered an investigation. >> since i've been in office my attitude has been zero tolerance for these kinds of leaks and leeculation. >> reporter: while cartwright is ultarget, he has not been charged. late today, his attorney greg oraig issued this statement: greg craig issued this scaiment: the stuxnet investigation is not the only leak case federal prosecutors are now pursuing. they're also trying to track down who gave secret informati
? >> good morning, chris. even for the pentagon this is jaw-dropping. source tells me overnight that yes, general cartwright retired is under investigation by the justice department for material in the book by the "new york times" journalist david sanger his book "confront and conceal" talking in detail, many revelations about iran's nuclear program. nbc news reported this first, saying this is about the leak, did general cartwright leak information about stux inenetst of the most classified crowned jewel of the intelligence, a virus that infected iran's nuclear program in 2010, by u.s. and israeli intel jents to slow iran's nuclear program down. general cartwright is not charged at this point with anything, is under investigation. i have to tell you, jaw-dropping because james cartwright long acknowledged as one of the most brilliant minds in the u.s. military, an expert in nuclear weapons and cyber warfare. >> thank you very much. later on in the show we'll unpack this more and figure out what's going on here and why it may have happened. >>> we turn our focus to congress, an overwhelm
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we write a blank check. we should audit the pentagon. that is to be audited? an insult to every taxpayer in the country. we should audit the pentagon. -- in and conn's budget, the pentagon's budget, tom coburn found this out, one of the great deficit hawks and waste warriors up there, he found $7 billion that could be cut from the defense budget.why? because many of feel a patriotic vote for the defense budget, the people packet full of goodies. $7 billion. it had in it $1.8 billion for a study to develop roll-up beef jerky. i'm not sure how that is keeping the russians or others at bay. they had $5 billion in there to theyy a collection of fish. said i did not understand what they were try to do, which is true. i called it a bunch of goldfish, and they were actually golden fish. there's a lot of money being wasted in a $4 trillion budget. we could go through hundreds and hundreds of programs. one more, $3 billion spent to study monkeys on meth. does anyone think that they are not just as crazy as people on meth?that is ridiculous. but it runs from top to bottom throughout the g
, pentagon officials said china's military has mounted attacks on u.s. computers. but the accusations go both ways. snowden, the former intelligence contractor, said this month that national security agency employees have repeatedly hacked into chinese computers. >>> chinese authorities are rolling out the red carpet for the leader of their closest leaders. south korean president park guen-hye will visit with xi jinping. her visit is set to reaffirm the close ties between the two nations. park is scheduled to meet with xi after attending a welcoming ceremony in beijing. analysts are keen to hear what the two leaders will say about north korea. officials there recently signaled their willingness to resume the so-called six-party talk on the country's nuclear program. park is scheduled to stay for four days. during that time she'll speak at a university about the importance of ties with china. this is park's second foreign tour since she assumed the presidency. her first was to the united states. >>> iran's supreme leader ayatollah ali khamenei has defended the country's nuclear program. analys
in arming and training syrian rebels. national security correspondent janice griffin is at the pentagon on a new effort to slam on the brakes. >> reporter: as the director of the cia and vice president joe biden arrived on capitol hill for closed door briefings on syria the cia continues preparations to begin arming and training the syrian rebel opposition from bases in turkey and jordan and rand paul joined house democrats today to present a bill that would block military aid until authorized by a joint resolution of congress. >> there already are people training the troops. there is a danger that we get sucked into war. the strongest groups among the rebels is the al n ark sasra. they are the sunnis who fought us in iraq snrk john kerry arrived in jordan as there were report it is cia has been moving weapon there is from seb rhett warehouses and plans to arm small groups of syrian rebels in the coming week: the pentagon is not involved in arming the syrian rebels though its planes have been carrying humanitarian aid through turkey. >> do you have a comment on weapons to syria? >> no.
. if convicted she could face up to five years in prison on each count. >>> a former member of the top pentagon brass is at the center of a major leak investigation. >> he's under investigation by the service department. that's according to a source familiar with the situation. he's the former vice chairman of the joints chief of staff. >> let's bring in barbara starr. tell us about this investigation. i imagine there's a lot of head shaking at this pentagon particularly when it comes to a motive. >> head shaking, jaw dropping, but no explanation yet. what we do know is that the justice department is investigating retired general, four star james cartwright for material related to what was in david savers book about iran's nuclear program. the journalist wrote this book. had a lot of sources but nbc news is reporting it was general cartwright who is under investigation for leaking details of the computer virus that the u.s. put in the iranian nuclear program to try to slow it down. unprecedented that a four star general might have engaged in this. there's a lot of befuddlement. cartwright not j
the pentagon. >> reporter: general james cartwright, former vice chairman of joint chiefs, dubbed bob woodward of having most favorable general status at the white house during the president's first term. the justice department is investigating him for his alleged role in top secret cyber attacks on iran's nuclear facility. >> we have mechanisms in place where if we can root out folks that have leaked, they will suffer consequences. >> reporter: the investigation began a year ago, after "the new york times" reporter david sanger published confront and conceal, obama's secret war and surprising use of american power, a book outlining the collaboration between the nsa and israel to launch the worm to destroy iranian centrifuges and stop iran's nuclear program. he was described as architect of the program. cartwright's lawyer issued the following statement. general jim cartwright is an american hero who served his country with distinction for four decades. any suggestion that he could have betrayed the country he loves is preposterous. june 1st last year, "the new york times" published an excerpt
that the cia says it will transfer its jerome program to the pentagon. heard that on democracy now this morning and wondering at lack of public explanation which obama says he will give about the drone program, to what extent that is covering up struggles and turf wars between the cia and the pentagon and the white house and to what extent as other questioners have said a war machine that no longer considers itself bound by the rule of law. >> this has been talked about for some time. in reality what this is a dog and pony show. they talk about john brennan like he is like st. augustine, looking to this later it is incredible. these articles talking about how he and obama of these months running the drone program and brandon, part of the dog and pony show, he couldn't become cia director when obama first tried to nominate him because democrats stood up and said we don't want a guy who praised tortured to be the director of the cia and years later it is rand paul and the crazy parade opposing him which shows you how far we have come and we're going to move the drone program to the military becau
. >>> the pentagon unveiled plans to fully integrate women into frontline combat. it is a topic that tulsi gabbard knows well. the 32-year-old hawaii native is the youngest woman in congress, the first hindu, and saw combat in iraq. she is this week's spotlight. >> as long as we've had a united states military in place, women have been raising their hands to serve our country. during my deployment, there were missions i volunteered for and was not allowed to go on because i'm a woman. that said sorry, no girls allowed. if you can pull your weight and do the job, you should be able to do it. what we see in the policy change that we're seeing starting to be executed is a reflection of what women have been doing in the military. >> if you want to make a combat unit ineffective, assign women to it. it's uncivilized, and women can't do it. >> i've seen women who are highly capable and dispel every single word some of the so-called uncivilized parts of what occurs when you are in combat. when you're at war. that's the reality that we train for. this is not something new. and it's not something that any
some level of solidarity with the vietnam war resisters. we also had the pentagon papers and we had the individual involved in the pentagon papers, dan elsberg, submitting himself to american justice. >> was it right for the government to prosecute elsberg under the espionage act? >> i'm not familiar with the -- i'm familiar -- >> but that's the question. >> -- of the case of the espionage act. i think it probably was at that point in time. >> chris, i think you were the only person who asked this -- shouldn't the government prosecute in some way -- >> yes. greenwald said of course. i think it is always important in this story to see what are the -- with where is the person who's approaching this story coming from? if you are the u.s. government of course are you going to prosecute edward snowden. >> if you're a u.s. citizen interested in transparency having him on trial is important. if you're having this be something more than the ed snowden saga -- >> let's let margaret in. >> i think that these are still sort of tertiary issues that the u.s. government is trying to figure out an
.c.. >>mark:defense secretary chuck hagel says the pentagon will extend health care, housing and other federal benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members. by october 1st, the pentagon will extend a variety of benefits to same-sex partners -- including access to on-base commissaries and some health and welfare programs. an estimated 18-thousand same-sex couples are in the active duty. it's unclear how many of those are married. it wasn't until he was running for a second term when president obama came out as a supporter of gay marriage. he released this statement yesterday on the defense of marriage act. it reads. quote -- "i applaud the supreme court's decision to strike down the defense of marriage act. this was discrimination enshrined in law. it treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. the supreme court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. we are people who declared that we are all created equal - and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well" >>mark: we will be right back as the kron4 mornin
already issues there with the pentagon. he was known as being dovish on the surge in afghanistan and didn't have a whole lot of allies among some of his pentagon troops but he is very popular on the hill, especially with the intelligence committees. now according to michael isikoff's reporting, michael isikoff is reporting that the justice department is looking at him as a prime suspect. he's not been charged, but a prime suspect in the stuxnet leak -- >> very serious leak. >> to david sanger. brilliant book by sanger, of the "new york times," on the whole issue of how we slowed down the iranian nuclear program with israel working to undermine their computers. >> it is kind of hard to understand the motivation. >> it could have been an inadvertent leak which was also the case in the valerie plame case. >> i'm probably in the minority on this but this strikes me as as big a deal in snowden in a kind of way. we aren't talking about a disaffected 29-year-old hacker. we're talking one of the nation's senior-most military leaders. a criminal investigation. i think this is going to have an impa
in favor of the government forces. >> pelley: david martin at the pentagon. david, thank you very much. today the white house said president obama may meet with nelson mandela's family when mr. obama visits south africa eight days from now. mr. obama calls mandela one of his personal heroes. mandela is 94 now and has been in the hospital for two weeks fighting a lung inflection. the man who succeeded him as president said mandela's health is improving and one of mandela's grandsons said he expects him to be released soon. correspondent debora patta is in pretoria, south africa, for us tonight. debora, they say he is improving. what's the information that you have? >> reporter: what we are hearing, scott, is completely at odds with statements from former south african president. our sources tell us that nelson mandela's kidney and liver is functioning at 50%, that he had to have a procedure to repair a bleeding ulcer and another one to insert a tube. we're told he hasn't opened his eyes for days, that he is unresponsive, and we also understand that nelson mandela's family is discussing
of the drone program from the cia to the pentagon. also changing a little bit of how some of the decisions were made about what targets to often one's not go after. that was three weeks ago and we haven't heard a lot about it since. desensitization change in government policy? >> well, i was there at the national defense university. [applause] >> for those of you that don't know, i was actually an audience member and i was really hanging on every word that the president is saying. i have read a lot but this is going to be a shift in policy i was going to be a market change with what has been going on in this is something i have been working for no for 11 years. i was very anxious and i thought i might hear some of the things that you alluded to. i thought you might say that we are making this now and the u.s. will no longer have a fleet of killer drones in the military. i thought he might say that he was withdrawing the opposition to significant strikes that is not targeting an individual, but targeting people on the basis of suspicious behavior. i thought it was with relation to guantÁnamo, a
thumbing his nose at us. joining us now, former pentagon official, fox is national-security analyst, former ambassador to the united nations, fox news contributor. let me first are with you. he looks like he is having a lot of fun right now at president obama's expense. >> thumbing his nose. at the same time he is taking that old super bowl ring from the new england patriots. he is palming that. it is actually quite tragic. china and russia making fun of them today. thumbing their noses at him,3 tomorrow it is venezuela. the next day it is other countries. once this starts, it is a cascading effect. lou: china and hong kong made it, as he ut it, a deliberate decision to mail delivery decision to let him leave for russia. that it unquestionably has a negative impact on u.s.-china relations. focusing on the chinese side of this trilogy, if you will. what are your thoughts? >> i think it is a demonstration that the chinese could not care less what the white house says. did we really do all that we could to persuade them not to let stone go? the president called the chinese president, secretar
is in essentially thumbing his nose ats. joining us now former pentagon official fox is national-security analyst former ambassador to the united nations, fox news contributor. t me firstre with you. he looks like he is having a lot of fun right now at president obama's expense. >> thumbing his nose. at theame time he is taking that old super bowl ring from the new england patriots. he is palming that. it is actually quite tragic. chin and russia making fun of them today. thumbing their noses at him3 tomorrow it is venezuela. the next day it is other countries. once this starts it is a cascadingffect. lou: china and hong kon made it as he ut it, a deliberate decision to mail delivery decision to let him leave for russia. that it unquestionably has a negative impact on u.s.-chin relations. focusing on the chinese side of this trilogy, if you will. what are your thoughts? >> i think it is a demonstration that the chinese could not care less what the white house says. did we really do all that we could to persuad
virus known as stuxnet and that cartwright conceived and oversaw the special operation from the pentagon. >> we're trying to build a second cyber force right now. >> reporter: cartwright did not respond to requests for comment from nbc news. contacted today his lawyer former white house obama counsel greg said i have no comment. including its code name olympic games, the cooperation of israeli intelligence and its success in disabling nearly 1,000 iranian centrifuges to enrich uranium. >> this leak was very damaging. clearly what was going on here was a method and it should have been protected. and i think it's had devastating consequences. >> reporter: the legal sources said the fbi originally focused whether the stuxnet leak came from the white house. but late last year agents started focusing in on cartwright who retired in 2011. the motives of whoever leaked remains a mystery. >> there are many reasons why people leak classified information. sometimes it's to attack a program. sometimes it's to defend it. many times we just never know. nbc's michael issy cough reporting. >>> justice
, the number two ranking officer at the pentagon. >> you're a great patriot, but more importantly, you are a damn good marine. >> reporter: but now that storied military career and cartwright's reputation could be in jeopardy as he finds himself as perhaps the highest profile target in recent memory -- suspected of leaking some of the nation's most sensitive secrets. did cartwright disclose the details of a covert cyber attack against iran's nuclear program where the u.s. and israel unleashed a virus on iran's computers to slow down the country's suspected quest for a nuclear bomb? his attorney flatly says no, but sources tell abc news, prosecutors have focused on cartwright. the secrets were revealed in a 2012 book, leaving congress outraged and the obama administration vowing to find the leaker. >> if we can root out folks who have leaked, they will suffer consequences. >> reporter: cartwright is a consultant for abc news. tonight his attorney released a statement saying, cartwright is an american hero and that any suggestion that he could have betrayed the country he loves is prepos
to serve. appointed to the defense policy board, an elite pentagon advisory panel with top secret security clearance. but last january, cartwright resigned out of the blue, a board member tells nbc news. citing health reasons and oppressive business. the fbi was already investigating cartwright, suspecting him of leaking highly classified secrets about a covert u.s. cyber attack, using a computer virus called stuxnet on iran's nuclear program. a cartwright spokesman said his resignation was unrelated. late today, cartwright's lawyer, gregory craig said in a statement, "general jim cartwright is an american hero who served his country with distinction for four decades. any suggestion that he could have betrayed the company that he loves is preposterous." attorney general eric holder wasn't talking. >> sir, can you comment on the investigation into general cartwright? >> no, i can't. >> reporter: he was a savvy top general. with contacts at the white house, even helping determine targets for drone strikes. his real mark, in developing the country's future military needs in cyberspace. >> he
at the pentagon. >> you are a great patriot but more importantly you are a damn good marine. >> now his career and cartwright's reputation to could be in jeopardy he is suspected of leaking sensitive secrets. did he disclose the details of a covert cyber attack against iran's nuclear program? on the computers to slow down the suspected quest for a nuclear bomb. >> his attorney flatly says no but sources tell abc news, prosecutors have focused on cartwright. >> the secrets were reveetd revealed in a 2012 book, leaving congress treamgd and obama administration to find the leaker. >> if we can root out folks that have leaked, they will suffer consequences. >> cartwright is a consultant for abc news. tonight his attorney released a statement cartwright is an american hero and betraying the country he loves is preposterous. >> dan: more to bring you tonight. true grit, up next, woman who ♪ [ roars ] ♪ ♪ [ roars ] ♪ [ roars ] ♪ [ male announcer ] universal studios summer of survival. ♪ >>> on this historic day that same-sex marriages resume in california, aoser loot the heart of defense
plain hold out. gwen: in the meantime there are practical impacts. we saw that the pentagon came out and said we're going to start giving benefits to gay partners. an e also saw that in immigration, the word is going to come out, 36,000 couples who would be affected by this. so this defuses at least one key part of the argument in the immigration bill. >> those are the two easy ones because that's where the law is clear. it's not clear you get married in a marriage state and move to a nonmarriage state, what benefits go with you? they're trying to figure that out now. only today the office of personnel management put out the first directive that applies to federal employees in saying now same sex partners, we're going to recognize you for health and life insurance and those are the easy ones. it's taxes. veterans benefits. social security. some of these things may actually require an act of congress to allow the benefits to follow people to a nonmarriage state. >> that's funny, isn't it? >> and will any of this come back to the court? >> i think what will happen is a couple that get
punishes speech that can harm the government has arguably been overruled about it pentagon papers case. whether it's been overruled or not a court will have to decide. he will be the first person charged with espionage since that case. the other practical problem in order for the government top profits case it has to prove the defendant's word harmed the government and in the act of doing that it often has to reveal more secrets than the defendant revealed. which is why these are unusual prosecutions. the pentagon papers opinion and the difficulty proving espionage does not relieve him of the charges of handing over classified materials to an unauthorized person. that's a charge that will stand and he will have to answer for. martha: what we talked about last week with regard to whether this program kept america safe, if you look at the examples put forth by general alexander. you have to prove that what he revealed made us more vulnerable because the program was indeed working. >> i don't know if if the government want to do that. since general alexanders revelations the nsa pulled ba
of attacks that have targeted the executive branch, the pentagon and american businesses. how do we know this? in recent months we have seen in-depth reports come out detailing this massive intrusion into our cyber space and massive theft of our cyber data. chinese agents have stolen our designs for helicopters, ships, fighter jets and several missile defense systems. they have stolen our innovative technologies from solar panel designs to biotech research. these thefts appear to have paid off for china. in recent years the chinese government has made tremendous jumps in its military capabilities while boosting the competitiveness of, quote, china's national champions. increasingly, we can prove that many of these outrageous thefts deemed, quote, the greatest transfer of wealth in history, originate in the people's republic of china. and these attacks are not random. we now know with some certainty that some thefts are being organized by the chinese government agencies. as we learn about the sources of these attacks and we are learning about their motivations. talented chinese internet users
-ranking officer at the pentagon, now finds himself the target of a leak investigation. a source familiar with the case tells abc news that retired general james cartwright of the marines is suspected of disclosing classified information about a secret cyber attack against iran's nuclear program. the disclosure was revealed in a book by "new york times" correspondent david sanger. the publication enraged members of congress. cartwright's attorney declined to comment, as did the justice department. the implications of this case are potentially huge because cartwright was such a senior official. he served as the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff from 2007 to 2011. amy? >> and, pierre, we've been talking about quite a few leaks during this administration. snowden comes to mind. there have been many others, as well. >> reporter: you're right. there's been a barrage of leaks. the obama administration, in fact, has prosecuted or charged double the amount or suspects of the previous administration in terms of leaks. >> all right, pea year thomas with the latest from washington. >>> we'r
. she's at the pentagon. big story this afternoon. hey, jennifer. >> hi, martha. a senior u.s. official confirmed to fox news that the justice department has been investigating general james cartwright for more than a year. they're investigating whether he is a source of a leak to "new york times" reporter david sanger who reported first on the classified stuxnet program. details appeared in his book "confront and conceal: obama's secret wars and the surprising use of american power." "the new york times" published an excerpt from the book on june 1st of last year under the title "obama order sped up wave of cyber attacks against iran." the report was published five months before the u.s. presidential election. it revealed details about the administration's role in the secret attack on iran's nuclear program using the stuxnet virus which sources told "times" reporter david sanger was crafted by the nsa along with israeli computer scientists and inserted using thumb drives into systems that then spread the virus to iran's centrifuges at its uranium enrichment facility, knocking thousands
. the question now, are there more secrets for edward snowden to reveal? our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the latest damage assessment. >> the public is owed an explanation. >> reporter: what if edward snowden the self-confessed leaker and computer expert has one last cyber trick up his sleeve? u.s. intelligence officials worry snowden may have some type of cyber doomsday insurance. threatening to publicize an online link to all the classified material he took so anyone could access it if he's taken into custody. >> i had access to the entire intelligence community. and undercover assets all around the world. the locations of every station. >> reporter: glen greenwald told the daily beast snowden has arranged for password access to his encrypted file if, quote, anything at all happens to him. the u.s. assumption is that china has already read everything snowden brought with him to hong kong. but still to be determined, the precise damage snowden has done by revealing eavesdropping and surveillance programs and what additional classified information he could leak. >> there's always con
the fights with the nixon administration over the pentagon papers says obama is worse than nixon, john mayer the great journalist for the new yorkers said these prosecutions have brought investigative journal list tom a standstill in the united states and it's a true threat to press freedom, and i think it's one thing to charge snowden with crimes but to charge him with espionage when somebody works for a foreign government or sells secrets, given what he did is the kind of extreme excess that the obama administration is guilty of for years now. >> jeff toobin, can you talk about these charges and explain them, the severity of them? >> the espionage act is a long and complicated statute that most people think of as espionage whether in a cartoon or, you know, people -- you know, julia and rosenburg in the '50s. under the words of the espionage act, it doesn't have to be that espionage where you give the material to a foreign power. all it has to be is information given to an unauthorized person that could be used to the injury of the united states in the words of the statute. so technically,
underway at the cia and the pentagon, and given the threats facing our nation, it was critical to have bob's strong leadership at the bureau. 12 years is a long time to do anything. and i guarantee you that bob's wife agrees. in addition to asking congress, we need approval from ann as well. today, as bob prepares to complete his service, this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us as a nation to say thank you to bob and ann, but also gives me a chance to announce my next choice for the fbi director, jim comey. every day their staff devotes their lives to keep us secure, from the streets of our cities to the battlefield of afghanistan. they embody the core principles of fidelity, bravery, and integrity. bob mueller has embodied those values through decades of public service and lived them every day as fbi director during an extraordinary time in our nation's history. bob, some of you will recall, was sworn in just days before 9/11. bob not only played a key role in her response to those attacks, he began one of the biggest transformations of the fbi in history to make sure that nothing l
winds up back in the u.s. and he faces these charges? we had the pentagon papers, we've had a whole other series of people in this administration that have been charged with espionage. where does this go? >> he's charged with three counts, maximum penalty on each count is ten years. some people will say, as i do, that what he did is causing serious vulnerability, is a serious crime. others will say, well, what's the difference between that and daniel elseberg? the difference is he might have saved lives. this guy, unfortunately, i fear, could cost lives. >> rick: susan estridge, always good to see you. look for susan's column in newspapers around the country and we'll see you again real soon. arthel is out on the plaza. >> arthel: yes. i have my hat, i have my shades. but not quite enough to go in the sun. i need my sunscreen. "consumer reports" up next with the top four sun screens to protect you and your family meet the newest member of the quicken loans family: j.d. power and associates has ranked quicken loans highest in the nation in customer satisfaction... i say "family," bec
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